Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/30/2016 - 1:49pm
By Michael Dahl | I believe in home.  And I believe we can end homelessness in Minnesota. My three and a half years at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative have taught me many things. First and foremost is that there are thousands of Minnesotans who also believe in home. And you are...
03/23/2016 - 9:23am
By Kirk Moorhead | From our occasional series, Deconstructing Housing  In the affordable housing industry, we often talk about “30-percent,” “50-percent”, and 60-percent” units (of housing). Percent of what, you may well ask? Policy makers often want to...
03/16/2016 - 12:27pm
By Jill Henricksen |  Residents from Beacon’s Lydia Apartments had the opportunity to attend their first ballet production, compliments of the James Sewell Ballet (JSB) at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.  The opportunity was made available through a grant...
03/15/2016 - 11:27am
By Lee Blons Wilder Research has just announced that its most recent Minnesota Homeless Study, conducted on October 22, 2015, indicates that the number of people who are homeless in our state has declined for the first time since 2006. This is really important news for us to celebrate. The...
03/08/2016 - 5:10pm
On Mother’s Day 2014, as volunteers in congregations throughout Scott and Carver counties prepared to host families experiencing homelessness, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake added a dimension to their welcome – the congregation also offered to be a temporary home for...
02/25/2016 - 4:05pm
By Sakinah Mujahid  | Since Families Moving Forward began its journey in Scott and Carver counties in 2014, we have encountered lots of wonderful volunteers helping us to end homelessness one family at a time. The families coming through the program speak about different volunteers...
02/18/2016 - 5:31pm
By Kris Berggren | What is affordable housing, anyway?  The answer seems so obvious – housing that one can afford within one’s means, right? Well, yes...but. It’s complicated. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) considers housing...
02/11/2016 - 4:39pm
Minnesota is making strides to decrease homelessness -  Star Tribune, Minnesota is getting closer to ending homelessness by Editorial Board, Jan. 27, 2015 In a nutshell: Minnesota’s investment in housing and services to house those experiencing homelessness is proven effective...
02/10/2016 - 11:22am
By Sara Kemp | Sara is a new case manager at Families Moving Forward working out of our Minneapolis program center. She shares what feels right to her about our program and how she works with families. I’ve been working at Families Moving Forward for 90 days now. What I enjoy is the...
01/19/2016 - 5:58pm
What technology, innovation, demographic shift, news maker, policy or other force will impact the work we do at Beacon this year and into the future? The Beacon advancement team recently had a discussion and came up with our top 5 nonprofit marketing trends to watch in 2016: 1. We expect...

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